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    October 30, 2012
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streets. people with water on the first floor of their homes. anderson, i'm from new jersey, the people here are tough and they look out for each other and that's exactly what we saw today. we hooked up with a family, they have a refurbished military vehicle, decided to come down and see if they could lend a hand, and much needed. working in conjunction with the national guard. we rode with them as we rode around, house to house and many elderly people they picked up. people saying don't take us now, go to the older people, they need your help. come back and get us, we saw it over and over again. the older people got in the truck, one man just had a pacemaker put in, were very, very disturbed, they had never seen anything like this in their lives. very scared, but maintained a sense of humor. thousands came out, expect to go in tomorrow. so far, no known fatalities here, but officials want to make sure they get everyone out who needs to get out. one of the problems, people did not have information, power out,
no cell phones, didn't know what to do or where to go. >> yeah, and that's still a problem for so many. no power, no cell phones, hard to get in touch with loved ones and the like. maggie, we'll continue to check in with you in that community over the next several days. so many places we're trying to bring you stories from. give you as much up-to-date information as possible. if you're in an area and you have power and you are hearing us, and you know people who don't have power, try to pass along whatever information you can, however you get the information. governor chris christie today described the information at the jersey shore as unthinkable. that's the word he used. it's certainly true. hard to wrap your brain around pictures like these from the national guard. look at that. that's the coastline of seaside heights. houses buried in the sand. sand washed into homes at least 100 yards from the normal high tide line. i spoke with seaside heights mayor, bill acre.
what are you contending with tonight? what is the number one priority right now? >> right now, we're just trying to get through the evening. we're trying to secure some diesel fuel to keep the police station running and the borough hall, which is the only building that has the power through the generator right now. we're trying to get over 100 gallons of fuel from the oem right now. that's what we're doing at the time. >> do you -- the pictures are just horrific to look at. do you have any sense of the scope of the destruction? >> i -- i'm glad you have a picture, because if you don't see it, you can't fully understand it and as you go through it, i'm not ashamed to say it, i'm overwhelmed. i feel so small against what we have to do to go forward here. i'm going to need a lot of help
from the federal government, the state government, the local government, the individuals in our community, professionals that certainly know a lot more than myself. because we're going to be going basically from the ground up. seaside heights as it wass was before it never be known that way again. >> i understand there were rescue efforts under way earlier today. can you give us the latest on that? >> yes, most of the rescues, we've gotten out, just about everybody that we can at this point in time. we feel like that we've gotten everybody that's wanted to go out. some people waited until a very, very late date, and we got some very special people over here that have a wonderful job, volunteers that want to do nothing more than just help put their own life on the line to
just help these people. and we're very grateful to have individuals like that. our rescue is just about i would say about 98% complete. >> mayor, my thoughts and prayer, as are the thoughts of prayers of so many with you and your community right now. i wish you the best. we'll talk to you in the days ahead. i hope you get the help you need quickly. >> thank you, sir. >> seeing the destruction there, really just a -- it's hard to imagine. in new york, new jersey, the problems have been wind, water, and fire in west virginia, it is snow. if you can believe it. blizzard conditions, we have the latest on that piece of the puzzle of the superstorm next. we'll be right back. you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways.
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welcome back to our continuing coverage of the aftermath of hurricane sandy. we keep getting new pictures that show this storm's strength. different prospectives from people in their own homes. incredible video of winds uprooting a tree on the backyard of a north shore of long island. takes a few seconds. as you can see right there. you can see the ground starting to move up. obviously a very old tree. take a look and listen. >> uh-oh. uh-oh. so sad to see. sandy still hitting parts of west virginia hard tonight. with snow, not rain.
heavy, wet snow, weighing down trees, knocking down power lines. utility companies say more than 340,000 customers without power. some areas of state under a blizzard warning tonight. one death is being reported so far there. martin savidge joins us from west virginia. martin, the conditions you have seen for the last -- well, all day long, incredible. how is it right now? >> reporter: it is amazing. we're still talking about the same essential storm that walloped the eastern coastline, but now in the mountains of west virginia. totally different impact, but still dangerous and essentially problematic for some time to come. snow still falls, snow totals starting to be measured in feet, not inches anymore, and the blizzard warnings we thought would expire have been extended, through the night tonight and apparently through most of the day tomorrow, it is still blowing, still drifting, temperatures dropping, plows will have a hard time keeping up. you mentioned hundreds of thousands without power, also,
of course, without heat. that will be a danger. the national guard has now been put into action and going door to door in some areas for people who may be ace lated. cut off from the snow, checking on their welfare and brought in heavy equipment. the snow is so deep, so thick and so heavy, the typical plow is not going to cut it anymore. they need earth moving equipment to handle it. they don't know what the final totals will be. they won't know until it stops snow, and no one knows what it will be. >> it looks like it's not snowing right now. do they know how long the snow is expected to last for? >> well, it actually is. it is not snowing as heavily. but still falling and a fairly steady pace it will depend what elevation, what part of the state. higher you go, the more snow you will get. to the south and southeast, you
will also see more snow. two feet, three feet. could go higher in some areas. >> wow. marty, try to get warm, stay warm, appreciate your reporting all day long. let's check in with chad myers, a big overview of what is the storm is doing right now. chad, where is this storm? what does it look like? >> it judge is just north of pittsburgh in the allegheny mountains, south of buffalo, western new york. what it did today, a couple of things, one severe thunderstorm rolled right through the boston area, right into new hampshire, vermont, put down hail. capsized some boats with winds about 60 to 70 miles per hour. big waves on lake michigan here as the wind coming down the lake at 40, and cleveland, had a wind gust to 67. today, only 50. still pretty good. here is the snow, more dantogan
elkins. and there is a 17-mile-per-hour gust there, and somewhere in there. yes, the snow is still coming down and still blowing, but tapering off. still will snow, are you asking how long will it snow? at least another 24 hours. look at the numbers. red house, maryland, garrett county, 29 inches. flat top, 28. davis in west virginia. and 24 inches of snow and still snowing at each one of those locations. eastern maryland, the winter when it comes to rain or maybe not, considering what it was. and mt. washington, 140 miles per hour, highest wind gust from the islip and all approaching that 90-mile-per-hour wind gust from the storm yesterday. tapering off obviously. still seeing flooding. a picture from jetblue of what laguardia airport looked like today. today's surge wasn't nearly what it was last night. so laguardia will remain closed and right now that number is
still indefinitely. >> wow. and temperatures dropping here in new york tonight. i can tell you there will be a lot of very cold people in their homes tonight without electricity. chad, thank you for all you've done over the last 24, 26 hours. tonight, one new york family is telling their unforgettable story. an extraordinary evacuation of nyu medical center, across town about 20 blocks or so north of where i'm standing, their newborn baby, less than 48 hours old when the power went out entirely, the backup generators failed as well. never dreamed they would have to flee to safety from the hospital. >> you assume that power is going to be going in the hospital. you figure the nyu, new york city, things were -- probably one of the safest places to be.
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this is what it sounded like last night when sandy hit. one of our cnn ireporters captured this from outside his apartment in jersey city, just across the hudson from where i am right now in manhattan. a harrowing 26 hours for sick patients that had to be evacuated from nyu medical center. can you imagine? having to be evacuated, being brought down several flights of stairs in total darkness. and the hospital lost power, backup generators failed. patients had to be carried down. as i said, as many as 15 flights
of stairs. flashlights, the only illumination, for some of the tiniest patients, we're talking unfants on ventilators, nurse has to manually pump air into their chests while going down the stairs, patients were taken to five different different hospitals including mt. sinai, one of the extraordinary stories that occurred here last night, the most critically ill were moved first, a dramatic and terrifying night for patients and their caregivers, charles rosenbaum and kim will never forget it. their new daughter, alice, less than 48 hours old. born on sunday. look at her. four weeks early, but very healthy. their first child. i spoke with charles earlier and alice joined us as well. charles, first of all, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful first child. alice is adorable. and i want to welcome alice as well. she came in the world four weeks early. should have been at the hospital
until today for monitoring. how is she doing, your wife doing, everybody doing? >> thank you. she's doing great. we feel very fortunate that we were able to get through this, and she's -- she's pretty happy, healthy, i think she's opening her eyes for you. been pretty sleepy. 36 weeks old. so, you know, we were definitely concerned that her health was going to be okay through this, and people at nyu were great. so we're very happy the way this turned out. >> >>. >> i've seen pictures of you and alice with flow sticks. walk us through what it was like when the power went out, when you knew it was gone for good? >> definitely an interesting time there. we got there on saturday night at 3:00 in the morning. the -- we didn't deliver her -- my wife delivered her sunday at
9:00 a.m., and we thought everything was kind of business as usual. we assumed that power was going to be going in the hospital. we figured nyu and new york city, things were probably one of the safest places to be, but, you know, as time went on, turns out that we're up in our room, and on the 13th floor, when the power went out, generators went on, and i think that was about 7:00 p.m., and then shortly after that, i think one of the generators failed, and the power on our side of the floor went out. we had the glow sticks got passed around by nurses who seemed pretty calm and confident so we weren't too worried at this time. there was still the electrical still going on on the other side of the floor. 13th floor, and so i actually went over there to plug my phone in to get it charged, and i heard the nurses talking about in 15 minutes, all of the
electiricity was going to be going down. i scooted back to my room and told my wife kim and we talked about what is going to be the next step? >> the -- you know, it's not often that anything good comes out of a storm, but i got to say your daughter is the most beautiful thing i've seen that has come out of this storm. and i'm just so happy that everybody is well and safe and healthy and, charles, i wish and you baby al and your entire family the best. >> thank you very much. thank you. >> and our best to kim. glad she's doing well. as great as that story is, as wonderfully as it ended for them, questions about why the backup system at nyu failed, the irony, nyu, new york university, the law school, they do have generators and one of the few
places in lower manhattan that have power. there were kids studying in the library, lights on, computers working, connected to the internet. the sickest patients at nyu, weren't evacuated before the storm hit, that's also raising questions. baby alice is health ooechl other babies evacuated from the hospital were much more fragile, one of them, a newborn girl half the size of alice. dr. sanjay gupta joins us live with her story. >> this is the story of emma, also beautiful, but fragile as you say. also the story of the doctors and the nurses who saved her in the middle of hurricane sandy, while her parents were stranded so far away. monday night, this baby, 13-day-old baby martinez, a preemie, weighing only two pounds, suddenly needed to be transferred to mt. sinai.
challenging under any conditions and these were extraordinary ones. at about 10:30 p.m., the ceo of mt. sinai, dr. kenneth davis, got the call. within the hour, babies from lang langone started arriving. >> it's frightening, and when you are dealing with tiny babies that are so fragile, it really can be an extraordinary circumstance. >> reporter: in front of nyu medical center, mt. sinai is about four clocks to the west. just over there is the east river. at company 7:00 p.m., there was no water inside that hospital. at 7:45, there was ten feet. the power started to go out and then the generator failed, and then all of a sudden, the patients and the doctors found themselves in a worst-case scenario. as for the parents of little baby martinez, they found out the hospital and their daughter would be evacuated when they
watched mayor michael bloomberg on tv. shortly after, they lost power and they had no idea where their baby would be taken. >> confirmed by a family member they were calling me on the phone, because suddenly i lost outage in my apartment. no access to the tv no, access to the internet. no phone service at home. just our cell. >> imagine the desperation, the nightmare. 13-day-old baby rushed through the streets of new york city in the middle of hurricane sandy, while they were stuck at home in new jersey. all they could do was hope, pray, and wait for word of where they could find their newborn. >> all of the bridges were closed, and we had no choice, but to go back home and just sit and wait for today to get here. and it was very long night, very, very long night. i haven't had even one hour of sleep. >> dr. kenneth davis, the man
who okayed the transfer, and now for the first time, he will meet the baby he helped save. >> oh, my goodness. >> thank you so very much. >> so hard. >> and you're the dad? >> wow. it's going to we okay. >> any names picked out? >> her name is emma sophia. >> i'll tell you, it's an amazing story, anderson, as you can see there. there were ten babies that came to sinai, they are all doing well. incredible transport. a difficult thing to do. and i'll tell you, look at the images in the nicu, so many families around as well. you don't typically see that in intensive care units, but they wanted to be with their loved one as you might imagine. >> i keep thinking about the nurses, ordinarily, the doctors, bringing the babies down the multiple flights of stairs. do we know why the backup generators failed. >> i spoke to several contacts.
there was a primary source, a backup generator and a second backup generator as well. according to the people we talked to, they do test these things, there is a protocol in place since the blackout of 2003. there is not an answer to that. there was a lot of flooding. have you been reporting on that. within 45 minutes, ten feet of water into langone hospital. but why two failed is still unclear. >> all right. hopefully in the next day or two, we'll get answers on that. sanjay, we appreciate the reporting. both president obama and mitt romney called off appearances. the official campaigning may have stopped. but photo-opes have not. with elections a week away, every word matters. raw politics when we continue. up the ante. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we ought to know.
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attention to the storm, you have to be honest, politics never far away here is dana bash. >> reporter: president obama cancelled official campaign events, but this close to election day, everything is political. even this unannounced trip to the red cross. >> america is with you. we are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet. >> reporter: invaluable imagery and opportunity to be seen in command. >> i want you to cut through red tape, cut through bureaucracy, there is no excuse for inaction at this point. >> reporter: speaking of imagery for a second day, the white house released a photo of the president on the case in the situation room. >> and thank you so very much. i love and you appreciate you, thank you very much. >> reporter: mitt romney called off his campaign events too, but stayed firmly planted in ohio, the mother of all swing states, inviting reporters to box and bag food for hurricane victims
back east. >> we have heavy hearts as you know with the suffering going on in a major part of our country. >> reporter: although this certainly looks like a romney campaign rally, he restricted his remarks to sandy. >> a lot of people hurting this morning and last night. the storm goes on. i've had the chance to speak with some of the governors and the affected areas and they have talked about a lot of people having hard times. >> reporter: romney's running mate appeared at a hurricane relief center in his home state of wisconsin, another battleground. the vice president talked to reporters in ohio, to applaud his boss' leadership. >> i have never seen a guy so focused. >> reporter: nothing like the power of incouple beency in a diseaster, if used right. but the politics of crisis is complicated. one of the governors the president is talking to is one of romney's biggest supporters. >> i was on the phone at midnight with the president, he
has designated new jersey as a major disaster area. the president has been outstanding in this. >> reporter: a cringe worthy moment for the romney campaign. >> i don't give a damn about election day. it doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. i have much bigger fish to fry than that. so do the people of new jersey. >> reporter: christie wasn't the only gop governor in sandy's path to hear from obama. pennsylvania and virginia were also on a presidential call on tuesday. >> dana joins me now. you said in your piece, the president will be with governor christie tomorrow in new jersey. we'll be covering that closely there is some politicking going on underneath the radar, isn't there? >> there is, of course. no surprise. this case, it's democrats really pushing the story that romney
would slash federal disaster relief. even get rid much fema, and based on a debate last year. and he said that the federal role should be limited and romney was asked multiple times today to clarify the position on fema he didn't answer. afterward, romney's campaign insists he would eliminate fema, that may be true, but the plan to reduce the deficit would include cutting spending, and that would likely include fema. and paul ryan released his budget last year, which caused for a 35% cut to fema. >> we'll see if he talks about that tomorrow on the campaign trail. dana bash, appreciate it. we'll be right back. now you don't have to go to a bank to get the things you want from a bank, like no-fee atms, all over the world. free checkwriting and mobile deposits. now depositing a check is as easy as taking a picture.
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